Regardless of where you stand on the political spectrum, you owe it to yourself to tune in and watch HBO’s latest original movie, Recount. The story attempts to “recount” the story of the Florida Presidential recount in 2000.
Most of us remember the recount, but I think few people know about the personal agendas and massive recount failures — such as many counties never doing a recount in the first place and a the large number of people who were illegally disenfranchised at their polling locations who were never allowed to vote to begin with. I think it is safe to say that Christians in a democracy all agree that every eligible voter should be able to vote, regardless of party.
The movie clearly, and I think openly, tells the story predominantly from the perspective of Al Gore’s surrogates. And I’m sure that an equally compelling storyline could be drawn from Bush’s camp. What scares me though is how easily the American system can potentially be misused. How what we take for granted can so easily be manipulated to the benefit of one over another. And how antiquated many of these vital systems and machinery seem to be. Recount left me asking questions — not in favor of either party — about whether or not we really do have fair and free elections in this country and how do you arbitrate something when two divergent sides have somewhat reasonable arguments over something so terribly important.
Note: After the recount a consortium of news agencies recounted all the votes. In the end, both parties claimed victory based on the numbers. You can read about it here.